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keeping water perimiters similer in 3 tanks

Ok this may be a stupid question but i now have 3 planted tanks one big planted tank with all kinds of fish and one shrimp tank and a guppy baby tank. My big tank hase perfict water. My shrimp and guppy baby tank are ok but i would like to make them as close to the big tank as possible bc i transfer preagnant guppys from my big tank to the smaller 10 gallons to let them give birth wheir i know the babys will be safe and i have a easer time catching them. How do i get all my bodys of water to be the same.
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Water change the smaller tanks with water from the larger tank.

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Do the same thing to all three tanks, in the right proportions, and then big or frequent water changes.

If you prep the water ahead of time, then prep enough to do all the tanks.
If you are using straight tap water, then that ought to stabilize all the tanks pretty close to the tap water parameters (note spelling).
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Water change the smaller tanks with water from the larger tank.
Dont do this. You'll essentially be taking dirty water that you deem not worthy for one tank and placing it into another.

If you're using the same source water for all three tanks they should be pretty close parameter wise to begin with. If they're not, then you need to figure out whats different in each tank. substrates, rocks, driftwood, etc can potentially alter the parameters.

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Dont do this. You'll essentially be taking dirty water that you deem not worthy for one tank and placing it into another.
Unless you do water changes when the large tank doesn't require one. I did this with a quarantine tank. The QT tank needed frequent water changes because it was overstocked and under-planted. At one point it needed a water change every other day to manage nitrate levels. I would drain water from the QT and refill it from the large tank.

When it came time to transfer fish to the big tank I checked GH, KH, and TDS. If it was very close in both tanks I could transfer the fish by net.

If they were a bit different I used a tupperware container partially full of QT water. I would add a shot glass of destination water once per minute. When the container was nearly full I would empty half of the water from the tupperware and continue the process of adding shots. Did this until the TDS meter indicated the tupper water was the same as the big tank water.
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Unless you do water changes when the large tank doesn't require one. I did this with a quarantine tank. The QT tank needed frequent water changes because it was overstocked and under-planted. At one point it needed a water change every other day to manage nitrate levels. I would drain water from the QT and refill it from the large tank.

When it came time to transfer fish to the big tank I checked GH, KH, and TDS. If it was very close in both tanks I could transfer the fish by net.

If they were a bit different I used a tupperware container partially full of QT water. I would add a shot glass of destination water once per minute. When the container was nearly full I would empty half of the water from the tupperware and continue the process of adding shots. Did this until the TDS meter indicated the tupper water was the same as the big tank water.

Probably not necessary unless you're keeping some really really sensitive species. But sounds like it worked for you!

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When you want to keep the water the same, there is no substitute for the exact same water.

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